Lambi Fund of Haiti

The Lambi Fund's mission is to assist the popular democratic movement in Haiti. The Lambi Fund provides financial resources, training and technical assistance to peasant-led community organizations that promote the social and economic empowerment of the Haitian people.
Jun 7, 2012

Project Complete!

Meeting of local grassroots orgs post-quake
Meeting of local grassroots orgs post-quake

Mesi ampil for your generous support to the Haitian people! Your donations after the earthquake in Haiti helped aid families in dire need of assistance.  Hundreds of thousands of earthquake survivors fled the city of Port-au-Prince to stay with friends and family in the countryside following the quake.  Many were injured and came wearing only the shirt on their back.  These families needed food, water, shelter, clothing and medical care.  Its because of people like you opened their hearts, that the Lambi Fund of Haiti was able to make emergency grants to 44 grassroots organizations.  The groups used the grants to purchase life essentials like food, water and medical care for earthquake survivors that were staying in their homes.

Mr. Josephat, a member of a partner organization recalled tearfully:

"I had 21 people, strangers staying with me and my family. We did not think twice about welcoming them, but we had not yet figured out how they would be cared for or how they would be fed. 

When we heard about Lambi Fund's program to help impacted families, I was so happy that I cried. I cried because I was touched and shocked that people who had been at the center of this disaster had the time to think about us.

I was so proud to be a member of a strong organization, and I really deeply understood why being organized is the path to a better life. We would have been left to our own devices without Lambi Fund's support."

Without your support, Lambi Fund would not have been able to make this emergency response possible.  Thank you!  

With over two years since the earthquake, Lambi Fund has moved from emergency relief to long-term rebuilding.  This means our efforts are focused on building local economies, increasing food production, and promotion of the environment.  Some current projects include: an ox-plow service to increase crop production, grain storage, community credit funds, building latrines, and community-led reforestation efforts.  Check out some of Lambi Fund's other projects on GlobalGiving - your continued support as Lambi Fund works hand-in-hand with the people of Haiti towards long-term recovery is greatly appreciated!

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May 23, 2012

Latrines are Wildly Popular in Rural Haiti

A local grain mill in rural Haiti
A local grain mill in rural Haiti

    In partnership with a community organization in the Artibonite valley, the Lambi Fund of Haiti has build four latrines.  These latrines were built at the local grain mill, a project that Lambi Fund helped launch.  Each of the latrines have a door for privacy and vents for proper ventilation.  Now that they have been in use for about two months, the community organization happily report that the latrines are a hit!  They are so popular in fact, that members from the entire community have come to use the latrines.  Demand for the latrines is so high that the organization has had to limit latrine use to visiting and using the grain mill services.  This wild success is an indicator that many more latrines need to be built in rural Haiti and Lambi Fund is on a mission to build them.  Offer your support and help build more latrines at local grain mills throughout Haiti.

Local grain mill in rural Haiti
Local grain mill in rural Haiti

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May 23, 2012

New projects are helping rebuild Haiti

Women preparing grains for milling
Women preparing grains for milling

Since the earthquake, the Lambi Fund of Haiti has more than doubled its number of active projects and is constantly expanding. This is proving to be exactly the case in 2012 as new projects with new organizations are being approved on a regular basis. One new partnership is with The Youth Association of Sel (AJS) to build a grain storage facility and to launch a community credit fund.

AJS is a group of youth members who came together to improve the quality of their lives and to increase opportunities for incomes in their community. In partnership with the Lambi Fund, AJS is working to build a grain storage facility that will purchase, store and sell affordable grain and seeds to farmers in the area. Currently, finding local and high quality seeds at a low price is quite difficult. Members have provided the land and labor, while Lambi Fund is providing the materials needed to build the facility.

In addition, AJS is looking to launch a community credit fund that will provide small loans to help 50 farmers purchase seeds, tools and other equipment for their crops. Access to small loans with low interest rates is incredibly tough to come by in Haiti, so this credit fund will offer members an invaluable opportunity to increase their crop inputs, grow more food and to make more profits in the market. In order to make this happen, Lambi Fund is providing the seed money for the creation of the credit fund and providing members with training in credit fund management and bookkeeping. Since the credit fund is community managed, once the loans are repaid, AJS can then issue loans to even more farmers in the area. The money stays in the community and the fund provides a cyclical way to keep reinvesting in the local economy!

Additional workshops in organizational capacity building and grain mill management are being provided to AJS members as well. Lambi Fund realizes that members need to be provided with the tools and skills necessary in order to manage and maintain successful business enterprises long after it's work is done.

Ultimately, this project is exciting because the grain storage facility and community credit fund will work in symphony to revive local agriculture and to create more employment opportunities in Sel, Haiti.

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